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Father of the groom, Prince Charles, to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

File photo of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, March 18, 2015. (Pablo Martinez/Pool via The New York Times)

LONDON - With just one day to go before the royal event of the year, palace officials have said that Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, will now walk Meghan Markle down the aisle.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said that Charles, who is the father of the groom, Prince Harry, was "pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way," thus ending a week of rumors about who would perform the duty.

Around midday on Saturday, May 19, Markle and Prince Harry will marry at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. This will not be a quiet affair. More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on Windsor, a charming city about 25 miles west of London where some uber royal fans have been camping out for days.

Her father, Thomas Markle, was schedule to walk his daughter down the aisle but had to pull out earlier this week after he underwent heart surgery. On Thursday, Markle confirmed her father wouldn't be at the wedding.

"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding," she said in a statement. "I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."

Many wondered if Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, a yoga teacher from Los Angeles, might perform the duty. She will accompany her daughter to the wedding in a car ride to Windsor Castle. She has reportedly already met Charles and his wife Camilla over tea at Clarence House.

Kensington Palace said that Markle had asked Charles if he would walk her down the aisle.

"Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," the palace said in a statement. 


Story by Karla Adam. Adam is a London correspondent for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post in 2006, she worked as a freelancer in London for the New York Times and People magazine.